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4 Types of Common Ticks and How to Identify Them

Posted by Diana Willand on Feb 6, 2023 10:50:35 AM
Tick season is fast approaching, and knowing the risks and dangers that come with each tick species in your area is certainly something to pay attention to.

1) Deer Ticks (also knowns as Black-Legged Ticks)

Identifiable traits:

  • reddish/brown coloring
  • Black dorsal shield
  • Usually found in forests or borders of forests and tall grasslands

Facts & Dangers:

  • Very common in the U.S.
  • Active mostly October-May 
  • Known for carrying and transmitting Lyme Disease


2) Lone Star Ticks

 Identifiable Traits:

  • reddish/brown coloring
  • Medium-sized
  • Females have a white dot on their dorsal shield

Facts & Dangers:

  • Mostly active April-October
  • Known to sometimes cause an allergy to red meat in bitten humans


3) American Dog Ticks

Identifiable Traits:

  • Largest common tick
  • Brown coloring 
  • Ornate dorsal shield
  • Usually found in low brush or tall grass

Facts & Dangers:

  • Feeds on both dogs and humans (will usually bite the head area)
  • Mostly active March-September
  • Can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever


4) Brown Dog Ticks

Identifiable Traits:

  • Very Common in the U.S.
  • Small with an elongated body
  • reddish/brown coloring
  • Generally found wherever dogs live

Facts & Dangers:

  • Feeds on both dogs and humans
  • Mostly active March-April
  • Can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

How can you protect yourself and your family from ticks?

One way you can prevent ticks from biting you and your family and transmitting diseases is to check for ticks whenever you come home from spending time outside during tick-active months. Catching the tick before it latches on is ideal, and catching it early is important!

Another solution is to sign up for tick control services. This will be particularly important if you live in a tick-friendly environment. Pure Solutions has family-safe, all-natural tick control services that you can sign up for today to help keep your family and pets safe!  




TickEncounter, https://web.uri.edu/tickencounter/

“The Tickcheck Tick Identification Guide.” TickCheck, https://www.tickcheck.com/info/tick-identification


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